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Classes and Academics for Faculty

No. DePaul's temporary Pass/D/Fail policy was established in spring 2020 to address the State of Illinois' mandate​ for institutions to accept transfer credit with grades of Pass.​ Illinois did not renew this temporary policy and it expired on Dec. 31, 2020.  

As a result, DePaul's temporary Pass/D/Fail policy has not been extended for the 2021 winter quarter. DePaul will now follow the standard Pass/Fail policy. For more information, please visit the Student H​andbook.

Grading basis 
Description 
Explanation 
Self-elected option 
Last date to elect for winter quater
ANC 
ABC/NC Grading
Default grading basis for undergraduate courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to the Pass/Fail grading basis if approved but need to consult their advisor to see if the a PA grade will meet requirements.​
Yes
1/19/21
GRD
ABC/NC Grading
Default grading basis for graduate courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to the Pass/Fail grading basis if approved but need to consult their advisor to see if the a PA grade will meet requirements.
Yes
1/19/21
RGD
Research Graduate
Default grading basis for graduate research courses. Administered when course is created. Students may change to the Pass/Fail grading basis if approved but need to consult their advisor to see if the a PA grade will meet requirements. 
Yes
1/19/21
PNP 
Pass/Not Pass
Traditional Pass/Fail option. Administered when course is created or when student notifies the college's office that they want this as an option on an eligible course.
Yes
Depends on the college


The Center for Teaching and Learning offers a host of workshops to help you design your courses and incorporate changes along the way. You can find teaching guides and other resources for online learning on the Teaching Commons website.​

Information Services is also offering some helpful new resources to help you navigate this challenging time and to help you make the most of your classes, including:
  • Knowledge Base on Remote Work: Information Services created a list of resources available at DePaul related to remote work, technology for teaching and learning, and instructions for using support services. This site will be updated continually with new resources. Check back frequently.
  • Microsoft Teams and Zoom: Learn about new faculty and staff access to Microsoft Teams and information about Zoom. DePaul will soon make these services available to students as well, giving them a new @depaul.edu email account in Office 365, and making students available in the Outlook address book.
  • More Tips for Using Zoom: Many of us will use Zoom frequently in the coming weeks. This site shares detailed tips for how to access conferencing software through your DePaul account for remote meetings, screen sharing and more.​

For the most current list of DePaul buildings that are closed or restricted, visit the Building Closures website.  

Please give serious consideration to the necessity of visiting campus. If it is necessary for you to visit campus, DePaul's buildings will operate in controlled access mode, requiring an ID card swipe or sign in for entry. Access will be available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


The more course materials faculty can make available digitally, the better. Please consider adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in classes as much as possible. A helpful guide is available on the DePaul Library Open Educational Resources​ page. Additionally, some books may be available on Barnes and Noble E-Books or on Kindle. If you have any questions about copyright, accessing particular materials, or any other aspect of working with the library as you plan your course, please contact your Library Liaison.​​

Faculty should fill out this form to request essential software titles that your students may need to access through a new virtual lab environment, delivered via Apporto​.

With the exception of closures for university holidays, the following computer labs will be open:​
  • ​​​Lincoln Park: Brownstones in the Student Center (2250 N. Sheffield Ave.) Hours are available on the Student Center website.
  • Loop: Daley Building (14 E. Jackson Blvd.), First Floor (Swipe DePaul ID for entry.) Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
The Theatre School’s computer lab will be available to Theatre students who need access to the lab’s specialized software.

For the most current list of DePaul buildings that are closed or restricted, visit the Building Closures website.  

Students should give serious consideration to the necessity of visiting campus. If it is necessary for you to visit campus, DePaul's buildings will operate in controlled access mode, requiring an ID card swipe or sign in for entry. Access will be available from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

University libraries: 
For the most up-to-date information on the DePaul University Library and its services, please visit the COVID-19 DePaul Library Services Guide.  

Contactless Pick-up Service for local materials and I-Share has resumed at both the John T. Richardson Library and the Loop Library during our posted service hours. In addition, the following on-site services will continue: ​ 
  • Expanded course reserves services, including new acquisitions, digitization of audio and video materials, and scanning of book chapters and articles
  • Book drops are open for returns as well as our Click and Ship service
  • Document delivery including book chapter and article scanning for purposes beyond course reserves
  • Special Collections and Archives digital reference services utilizing physical collections, and instruction preparation (item selection and digitization)   
  • Interlibrary loan service for physical materials (for faculty)
The University Library is not currently accepting reservations for computer use on the second floor of the John T. Richardson Library, but hopes to resume this service and expand contactless pickup hours later in the quarter or as soon as conditions allow. 

For information on access, services and available resources for the Rinn Law Library, please visit the Rinn Law Library website

If you have any questions, please Ask a Librarian for help

Barnes & Noble: 
Bookstores on the Loop and Lincoln Park campuses are open with modified hours and offerings. Please check their website​ for the most up-to-date information because hours are subject to change.​​

Please encourage your student(s) to reach out for assistance. Many of the same services DePaul has always offered will be available virtually. Please visit the Student Services and Engagement FAQs for the most up-to-date information. You can also visit the Student Success website​ for additional information.​

Instructors can move about the classroom as long as they are wearing a face covering and practicing proper physical distancing from students.​

For more information on face coverings, please visit Newsline​

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